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Overcrowding Creates Need For Jail Addition
Overcrowding is becoming an issue at the Covington County Jail. One that the county commission has plans to fix.
Chairman Bill Godwin says the number of female inmates is starting to increase, causing a need for a women's wing at the jail to be built. He says the jail is currently overcrowded; it is designed to hold 24 inmates and at times it is nearly doubling its capacity.
The county commission says this poses a safety issue, and approved a motion to begin requesting bids for construction.
"You know, even though those people are incarcerated, there are certain things that we need to provide in a manner consistent with being humane," says chairman Godwin.
Godwin says he believes the addition will cost between $700,000 and $900,000 taxpayer dollars. The chairman says they are trying to be proactive before they are ordered to make changes by the courts.